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Oct
21
2011
Oct 21, 2011

Official website: visit presidentschoice.ca

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Sometimes, you just need lunch quick especially when it’s almost lunch time and you’re still at the grocery store. That’s what happened to us this past weekend. Before you know it, it’s close to lunch time, we’re still at Loblaws and I have no idea what to get for lunch.
We go to the cooked meats section and of course, there’s only the garlic herb roasted chicken left and my child only likes the barbecue chicken. Right beside it are the PC hickory smoked ribs, cooked and ready to go. She says she wants the ribs but I’m not sure if she’ll like the hickory smoked flavour so I suggest getting some salmon as well. She agrees and so we pay for both and go on our merry way. The one good thing about all of this is that we now have something new to review for thingsthatwedo.com! Now, the question is, was it worth the money?
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Oct
20
2011
Oct 20, 2011

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Eating with chopsticks is an art form. Personally, I don’t think it’s an easy thing to do but I do think it’s great exercise for the brain especially if you’re not used to eating with chopsticks. Enter the Typhoon Rookie Stix. During a recent trip to a local kitchen store, I came across these really fancy looking plastic chopsticks. I gravitated towards them because they’re smaller than some of the other plastic ‘helper’ chopsticks that I’ve seen marketed for younger children. Now, having said that, I have no idea if these Typhoon Rookie Stix are designed for young children but I thought I’d give them a try to see if they’d be a good fit for my little thingsthatwedo.com tester (aka my daughter).
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Oct
19
2011
Oct 19, 2011
Posted in: Thoughts

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I can’t believe it, Halloween is just around the corner. You know, time flies by really quicker when you’re busy. I recognize that Halloween isn’t for everyone. Not all families believe in it or celebrate it and I respect that. After all, every family is different.
In our family, Halloween is a time when my child gets to be super creative with her ideas and I try my best to bring her costume idea to life, with her help of course.  I will also remember last year’s (ie. 2010) Halloween when my daughter decided she’d be a tree. My husband thought I was crazy.  “How are you going to make a tree?” For me, I thought that was a brilliantly creative and I knew I could totally make a tree costume. – Continue Reading

Oct
18
2011
Oct 18, 2011
Posted in: Thoughts

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Allow me to dance and sing to the tune of  ‘Are You Sleeping/Frere Jacques’, “Leaves are falling, leaves are falling, to the ground, to the ground. All the leaves are falling, all the leaves are falling, to the ground, to the ground.”
Yep, you know it’s officially Fall when the leaves change colour and leaves are dancing their way down to coat the sidewalks and lawns in their vibrant hues of red, yellow, orange, and brown.  While I hate all the germs and sniffles that come with the colder weather, I can’t help but be in total awe of the autumnal fashion show that Mother Nature puts on every year.
You do what’s around the corner, right? Halloween costumes! Last year, my little thingsthatwedo.com child decided she would be a tree.  Now, how cool and totally unique is that!

Oct
17
2011
Oct 17, 2011

By: Carolyn Keene
4.5 snowballs

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My daughter is quite the avid reader and here at thingsthatwedo.com, I try to review books that she’s currently reading so that you can all have immediate feedback from me on what I think of the books because honestly, after a while, mommy brain kicks in and I can’t remember a thing.
Most recently, my daughter has been really interested in reading the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series. Her latest Nancy Drew book involved the Case of the Sneaky Snowman. Now, given that she’s younger than the target audience for this book, I will always be thankful that she has an amazing teacher who reminded me to make sure and support her reading.  While my child may be able to read the words, she may not yet have the life experiences to decode everything that she’s reading. So, what exactly happens in this latest Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew mystery?
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Oct
16
2011
Oct 16, 2011
Posted in: Thoughts

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I am completely amazed and shocked that our cherry tomato plant is still standing upright despite the chilly fall weather. We still have cherry tomatoes on our cherry tomato plant! Miraculously, that little cherry tomato plant has grown into a natural monstrosity and over the course of the summer we’ve been fortunate enough to eat fresh tomatoes from our backyard. A little $1.99 tomato plant has saved us a ton of money this summer.
Of course, now it’s fall and I at some point in time, will need to get cracking and tidy up the backyard in preparation for winter.  The weather has certainly gotten chillier. For the longest time, it’s been standing there with a few green cherry tomatoes holding on for dear life. It just hasn’t been warm enough for the tomatoes to ripen.  I keep wondering if those green little tomatoes will ever turn red on the vine or will I have to harvest them green and watch them ripen on the window sill.
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Oct
15
2011
Oct 15, 2011
Posted in: Thoughts

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As a parent, I try to be a good role model in how I eat and in the types of choices I make in life. If I can be a good role model more often than not, my hope is that my child will grow up to be an informed person, one who is a critical thinker and have independent thoughts. As a future consumer, I hope she’ll spend her money wisely and share her opinions as she sees fit. After all, it’s partly why she and I created this site, thingsthatwedo.com in the first place.
What does this mean for me as a parent who also happens to try to be an informed consumer? – Continue Reading

Oct
14
2011
Oct 14, 2011

Official website: visit bogsfootwear.com
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Eep! The weather is changing and before you know it, snow will be on the ground. Here at thingsthatwedo.com, this mommy tries to go shopping for winter boots as quickly as possible. One thing I’ve noticed is that shoe and boot sizes and styles have become increasingly scarce as my child’s feet have gotten bigger. You would think that, as kids get older, there would be more style options and sizes available for me to choose from but it seems like the exact opposite.
I recently stumbled into a shoe store and asked if they had any winter boots in my daughter’s shoe size and when they said yes, we stormed in en masse and ended up with a pair of Bogs. Here’s my product review of these Bogs, just for our readers at thingsthatwedo.com.
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Oct
13
2011
Oct 13, 2011

Manufacturers’ website: hanamaruki.co.jp

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I’ve left you hanging, I’ve left you dangling, and now your heart’s biggest burning question must be, ‘So, can you really make miso soup at home? Is it really easy enough that I can manage it?’ Well, wonderful people, yes it is possible to make miso soup at home! And you know, while I can type faster than the speed of light, here at thingsthatwedo.com, you will never hear that I’m a master chef.   If I can do it, so can you!
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Oct
12
2011
Oct 12, 2011

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As a family, we  folks at thingsthatwedo.com love Japanese food. Okay, I confess, we love cooked Japanese food like the chicken teriyaki, the sushi rice, the udon noodle soups, the barbecue beef ribs, the tempura (who doesn’t love tempura?) and the only raw thing we go near is the avocado roll. We also happen to love the miso soup with little tofu chunks and seaweed. Now, my daughter is not a big fan of the seaweed but she’ll polish off the tofu and miso soup in no time flat. I wondered, really, how hard could miso soup be to make at home? – Continue Reading

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